Farrar Pond is an 88-acre pond in the southwestern corner of Lincoln. A wooded trail offers winding scenic vistas along the southern shoreline.

Farrar Pond was originally a low-lying hay field called Oaky Bottom. In the early 1900s, Edward R. Farrar flooded Oaky Bottom to create the pond we see today. Recognizing the area’s conservation value and the appeal for development, the Town, a residential developer, and the LLCT created an open space and development plan for the Pond in the 1970s. These proactive planning measures allowed development on the upland sections of the pond and ensured conservation along the pond’s shoreline.

Suggested Route

Park at Canoe Landing or the overflow lot on Route 117. Walk along the road for about 50 feet and turn into the driveway entrance to 17 South Great Road. DO NOT PARK IN THE DRIVEWAY. This is a private driveway with a trail easement. Follow the driveway to the mini cul-de-sac. Enter the driveway on the right. The trail entrance is right before the gate. Walk along the trail, keeping the fence to your left and the house on your right. Follow the trail to the earthen dam. Here, stop and enjoy the view of Farrar Pond to your left. This is prime bird watching territory. After the dam, the trail splits. Take the path to the left to follow the pond’s shoreline. The trail to the right leads to the housing development. Follow the shoreline, enjoying the winding path and lovely view. Retrace your steps to return to the parking lot. To reach the far side of the pond and return is approximately 3 miles.

Location

Parking is available at Canoe Landing on Route 117 (also provides access to Mount Misery). Park here and walk west along Route 117 for fifty feet. Turn left into the driveway entrance to 17 South Great Road. Follow the driveway to the trail entrance at the end. Do not park in the driveway.

Parking: Ample

Trails

As the pond is privately owned, swimming and fishing are not permitted.

Parking, trailheads and trails for Farrar Pond


Difficulty

Easy

Activities

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Wildlife Viewing